The top of the top beaches in Crete
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The top of the top beaches in Crete

Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● Lassithi ● Rethymnon ● 26 April 2017
 

Crete is the largest island of Greece, and it is an amazing place with rich history and archaeological sites to visit, delicious culinary culture and cuisine and wonderful towns, like Rethymnon, Chania and Heraklion, which offer many activities and wonderful pictures to their visitors. Located between the Aegean Sea and the Libyan Sea, Crete is an exotic island, whose beaches will remind you of Africa and make you feel being in heaven thanks to the combination of the calm and clear waters of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean-like landscape and sand. In every district of Crete, there are numerous wonderful beaches, but the beaches of this article are the top of the top of the whole island that make you definitely plan your next vacations on this blessed island, which is amazingly beautiful in every location and prefecture.


1. Balos

Located on the north western side of Crete, in the region of Chania, Balos amazes its visitors at first sight. White sand, turquoise waters and the feeling that you are swimming in a lagoon make this place an internationally awarded beach. You can reach Balos by boat from Kissamos.


2. Falassarna

Falassarna is also located in the region of Chania, in a close distance to Kissamos Town. It is a long sandy beach, family-friendly thanks to its shallow waters, soft sand and touristic facilities that include umbrellas and sunbeds. Near the beach, you can visit the archaeological site of Ancient Falassarna.


3. Vai

In the region of Lassithi, lies the beach of Vai, a shore you won't believe that it is in Greece. Surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, with 5,000 palm trees, Vai Beach is a beach that reminds of the exotic shores of Africa, Asia and Caribe. White sand, crystal waters and the warm sun make you believe that you have found the heaven on earth.


4. Preveli

On the southern side of the prefecture of Rethymnon, Preveli is a place of stunning natural beauty. A river flows into the sea, passes from many palm trees and forms a lake near the sand. The beach is unorganised and unspoiled, but there are water sports facilities to explore the lake and the river.


5. Elafonissi

Elafonissi, in the region of Chania, is an astonishing beach with white and pink (literally!) sand and exotic waters. Cedar trees reach the coastline creating a beautiful scenery. The beach is not organised, and only a few cantinas can be found there, but camping is allowed behind the beach.


6. Matala

Matala is the famous during the '60s and 70's beach as a hippie place. The caves above the beach created a perfect scenery for the hippies to stay and have fun, but today this long, sandy, organised beach is ideal for families that want peace and leisure.


7. Gaidouronissi

From Ierapetra, a small town in the southern side of Lassithi, you can take the boat for an excursion to Gaidouronissi, a tiny island also called Chrissi. Crystal waters, golden sand and few umbrellas that do not spoil the landscape make this beach one of the most beautiful in Crete.


Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Rethymno, Greece Sunrise Hotel & Apartments
Sunrise Hotel & Apartments
Paralia Korakas, Rodakino, 74060 Rethymno, Greece

The family-run Sunrise Hotel & Apartments is located just 150 m from Korakas Beach on the south coast of Crete. The historic center and the port in lively Rethymno are at 40 km. Port of Souda is at 90 km, while the international airport in Chania is 100 km away.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Porto Del Colombo
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Porto Del Colombo
Theofanous & Moschon str., Old Town, 73100 Chania, Greece

Porto Del Colombo is located in Old Town, Chania, close to the Old Harbour. Chania International Airport is 14.8 km away. The Port of Souda is 12.4 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Marirena Hotel
Marirena Hotel
120 Andrea Papandreou str. & 8 Naxou str., Amoudara, 71414 Heraklion, Greece

Marirena Hotel is located in the popular tourist destination of Ammoudara, only a 3-minute walk from the beach. Heraklion city centre is 4 km away from the property. Heraklion Port is 7.9 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 12.6 km away.


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